Sick Vomiting

Discharge of feelings and ideas that your system finds irritating or poisonous to well-being.

The feeling of having thought, felt, or expressed things that do not agree with your real feelings. Discharge of disturbing but usually unconscious feelings.

We each have an important physiological and psychological function called homeostasis or self-regulation. It is the most important process of the body and mind’s natural function and is used to balance, maintain and heal us and expresses as sneezing, vomiting, crying or laughing. If the self-regulatory processes of your being ceased its action you would be dead in a very short time. Even a brisk walk causes such enormous changes in the body it would kill you without the action of self-regulation. The production of lactic acid, unchecked, would destroy the system. Also, the drop in blood sugar, unless balanced by the release of glucose from the storage in tissues and liver, would result in your collapse.

Often, in dreams, nightmares and dreaming of vomiting it shows signs of a last ditch attempt to bring up and discharge disturbing emotions or trauma. Vomiting takes place because we have an inbuilt defence system that does its best when our body is attacked or injured to deal with, repair or balance to deal with what caused the injury. The process is called homeostasis- meaning any self-regulating process by which biological systems tend to maintain stability while adjusting to conditions that are optimal for survival. Or, if we put something harmful in us the process sicks it out again.

But textbooks seldom mention that the process is also active psychologically and is often called self-regulation. Jung, Hadfield, and people like Caldwell and Wilhelm Reich, have often writing about self-regulation active in the mind and emotions.  Hadfield in his book writes, “Dreams are compensatory or ‘self-regulatory’. Hadfield says of this, “There is in the psyche an automatic movement toward readjustment, towards an equilibrium, toward a restoration of the balance of our personality. This automatic adaptation of the organism is one of the main functions of the dream as indeed it is of bodily functions and of the personality as a whole. This idea need not cause us much concern for this automatic self-regulating process is a well-known phenomenon in Physics and Physiology. The function of compensation which Jung has emphasised appears to be one of the means by which this automatic adaptation takes place, for the expression of repressed tendencies has the effect of getting rid of conflict in the personality. For the time being, it is true, the release may make the conflict more acute as the repressed emotions emerge, and we have violent dreams from which we wake with a start. But by this means, the balance of our personality is restored.”  See Self-regulation – Psychological Vomiting

If sick in the sense of illness. See: Illness


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